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The Nero is, like the Taransay, a design intentionally reminiscent of the past. Indeed, it takes its styling from a series of yachts owned by American millionaire J.P. Morgan over a hundred years ago. At the time, the Corsair yachts were the largest in the world and saw service for several decades, with Corsair II being chartered by the United States Navy for submarine patrols in World War 1. She was acquired by the navy again during WW2, serving with the Coast and Geodetic Survey for two years before being scrapped in 1944. Corsair II’s sister ships continued to serve in civilian yachting roles up until 1949.
The Nero was commissioned by Neil Taylor and built in China’s Yantai Raffles Shipyard, taking over 3 and a half years to build with the help of 400 craftsmen. But this amount of time and manpower is justifiable when you see it for yourself: with a displacement of 1,775 tonnes and a length of 90 metres, the Nero is comparable in size and weight to a WW2 naval destroyer. Indeed, it is the largest chartered yacht currently in service.
The Nero takes the classical styling of yachts made during the turn of the century and uses modern construction methods to produce a yacht that isn’t ostentatious but carries a grandness of its own. Easily the queen of any harbour she would dock in, the Nero is fitted with the latest entertainment facilities and creature comforts. She can carry up to 12 guests in 6 cabins, with 20 crew on board to ensure great service and plenty of room.
When underway the Nero brings back an era of shipbuilding that has passed in favour of carbon fibre speedboats and quaint yachts, back to the age of the grand, understated and beautiful designs of the late 19th and early 20th century.